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Dubai breaks Guinness World Record on New Year.

Summary: At the stroke of midnight, the world's tallest tower danced in an ethereal web of lights.

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Then the entire Downtown Dubai was turned into an art canvas.- Screengrab

Dubai welcomed 2018, the 'Year of Zayed', with a Guinness World Record title as hundreds of thousands of spectators were left spellbound by 'Light Up 2018', a laser light show at the Burj Khalifa. The show bagged the record for the largest laser light show on a single building.

At the stroke of midnight, the world's tallest tower danced in an ethereal web of lights after paying tribute to the founding father of the UAE, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Then the entire Downtown Dubai was turned into an art canvas as searchlights beamed artworks across buildings and skyscrapers while upbeat traditional and electro-dance music - composed by more than 80 musicians from the UAE - went in sync with the laser light spectacle.

A burst of colours engulfed Downtown Dubai and the rich Emirati tradition was very much evident throughout the show as falcons came soaring down from the top of the Burj Khalifa. GCC flags were flashed across the tower.

Light Up 2018 integrated music, visuals and acrobatic performance in a brilliantly choreographed show at the The Dubai Fountain.

This was the first time the Burj Khalifa did not welcome the new year with fireworks, but the laser light show was well and truly worth it.

Dubai resident of seven years, Jehan Keila Yrreverre, said the laser show was "a lot better and more enthralling than the previous fireworks displays".

"It lasted longer; the show was fascinating, and further more, it was environment-friendly as there was no harmful smoke left after the show," Yrreverre told Khaleej Times.

"The LED lights very impressive, crispier and clearer and the music really got me in the mood to welcome 2018 on a high note," he added.

Greek expat Andrii Koleshmyk agreed and said he was "really impressed that Dubai is always keen on innovating".

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jan 1, 2018
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